May 13, 2008 - Hundreds of G Adventures travellers and staff "got dirty for Earth Day", enthusiastically participating in our second annual worldwide community clean up. Started in 2006, this initiative has become very popular with our groups and employees alike who unite with a common theme of contributing in a positive way.
Clean up efforts took place on tours across three continents including in the Pantanal, Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam & Borneo. On Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca in Peru, more than 100 passengers from several G Adventures groups participated in clean ups over a one week period.
In Namibia, the Mayor of Swakopmund, Rosina Hoabes met the G Adventures group and thanked them cleaning up a large portion of Swakopmund Beach. “It is a good example that you are setting for other travelling groups, as well as for locals,” Hoabes said.
G Adventures Tour Leader Tracey de Koster commented, "Swakopmund has so much to offer international visitors, and it would just be right to give something back to this beautiful town.” This initiative was also featured in the local newspaper.
In Bocas del Toro, Panama, G Adventures travellers cleaned up a sandy beach, even finding an old oven (which didn’t fit in their bags!). In total, nine bags of trash were collected which were loaded into a boat and brought back to Isla Colon for disposal. The day was not without its rewards with a group member commenting “after our hard work, a Cerveza Balboa never tasted better!”
G Adventures’ head office also cleaned up the neighbourhood with more than 50 employees enthusiastically donning gloves and filling up dozens of bags full of trash.
Thank you to everyone who participated! G Adventures is fortunate to have such wonderful passengers and employees who want to make a difference in the world.